Many consider breakfast the most important meal of the day. When you need a “fastbreak" breakfast, where do you go?

There are many places to get your ham ‘n eggs on in El Paso but sometimes you don’t have time for the whole sit, order, relax, chat experience. Most days, I’m lucky if I have time to stop somewhere at all, let alone chill and enjoy it.

Fortunately, there are some tasty and quick options out there. There are loads of informal, “Mom and Pop” places you can get in and out of quickly which we'll look at another time.

The fast food chains seem to hold the area speed records so, here is what the top 5 national franchises in El Paso have for you, rated  on the "G" scale.

  • McDonalds offers several breakfast sandwiches using muffins and biscuits instead of bread as well as a platter that includes hotcakes. Each can include sides like bacon, sausage, cheese, etc. 4 out of 5 “G’s”.
  • Whataburger uses the usual ingredients; eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, etc and also replace bread with muffins, biscuits and hamburger buns. In addition to “sandwiches”, they also offer taquitos and gravy smothered biscuits. See.MenuThey also added a new breakfast burger to their lineup but it's only available for a limited time. 5 out of 5 “G’s”. 
  • Jack In The Box also offers the usual ingredient served on sourdough bread, croissants and in burrito form. They also have sausage and bacon breakfast platters. See Menu.  5 out of 5 “G’s”.
  • Burger King: Somewhat limited in scope but the sandwiches they offer are tasty and reasonably priced.  2 out of 5 “G’s”.
  • Wendy’s:  They offer sandwiches featuring sausage, eggs, bacon, etc served on buns, croissants, and biscuits. They recently revamped their breakfast menu and included a new, monster sandwich called the Baconator4 out of 5 “G’s”.

Price-wise, they are all pretty competitive and stay in a tight range depending on which item you order. The “G” scale indicates where I rank them personally but I should point out Whataburger and Jack In The Box each got a bonus “G” for their serving hours. Jack has their breakfast items available 24/7 and Whataburger gives you half the day, serving from 11pm - 11am. 

Something the others should maybe make note of. After all, not everyone … especially me … is up and at it before 10am or 11am

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